I went last night with family and had a great time! The service was great, we were served by a lovely lady. The Ribs were amazing, the quiality of meat was fantastic. The atmosphere was good and we had a good time. Would highly recomdend.
Duke's Brew & Que
Duke's Brew & Que
Rob Greig / Time Out
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Oct 8 2012
This converted boozer, on a corner site in De Beauvoir Town, has made a name for itself since opening in 2012. The offering: no-frills meat dishes, mainly smoked and barbecued, and a fabulous selection of beers, both own-brewed and from top domestic and foreign producers. The Duke’s beef ribs were named one of Time Out’s 100 best dishes in London in 2012 – a high achievement for a newcomer. On the evidence our most recent visit, however, the staff seemed to have taken their eye off the ball. The spare ribs were fine, but a trio of pulled pork sliders were dull and dry. The famous beef ribs were by far the best part of our meal, but, again, were dry and chewy where they should have been juicy and succulent. Baked beans and chips were good, though mac ’n’ cheese was tough and leathery on top. Service seemed a bit clueless: our waiter confidently assured us the beer we asked for wasn’t stocked and looked nonplussed when we pointed it out on the list. We hope this was just an off night. It doesn’t take long to build a reputation for good food, but it doesn’t take long to lose it.
Duke's Brew & Que 33 Downham Road
- Venue phone:
020 3006 0795
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 4-11pm Mon-Wed; 4-11.30pm Thur, Fri; 11am-11.30pm Sat; 11am-11pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Thur; 5-10.30pm Fri, Sat; 5-9.30pm Sun.
Main courses £9.50-£21.95.
Duke's Brew & Que
- 33 Downham Road
- 020 3006 0795
- 33 Downham Road
- Duke's Brew & Que
Average User Rating
3.1 / 5
- 5 star:13
- 4 star:8
- 3 star:7
- 2 star:9
- 1 star:11
Fast food too pricey. Paying a bill of £140 for a thanksgiving dinner between 3 to be kicked off the table after 90 minutes? We ordered 3 Thanksgiving mains at £20-£25 a head, 1 starter, 1 side and 1 dessert. Waiting staff should perhaps have reminded us that we would have to vacate our table before taking the order for the second bottle of wine, which they took their time bringing to us (we had to ask the waiter twice) and which we had to finish in a crowded corner by the bar. They brought the bill, chucked us off the table and shuffled us to the corner, very much a 'we take the money, now do one' scenario!! The food was tasty, but expensive for what it was, and at that price you expect on an 'event' night to be allowed to wind up your meal in an appropriate manner. This ending put a bad taste in all our mouths, after what had been up to that point, an enjoyable relaxed evening. We could have eaten at, for example The Rivington, spent less and been allowed to finish our meal properly. I am bored of these pubs with kitchens, masquerading as restaurants in this area, charging over the odds for inconsistent offerings and erratic service and hospitality. 90 minutes dinning for the price of a weeks rent , no thanks
Having just got back from the states I fancied some BBQ..... The ribs were dry but still ok. I still think Pitt Que is by far the best in london but having lived in the Deep South even Pitt Que would only be very basic BBQ in the states! Also BBQ food in the states is cheap, for $15 dollars you can eat like a pig!
Had a great family night out at Duke’s this June. The food was good: straightforward, honest, tasty and well cooked - whether the meaty options (we tried ribs, burgers and steaks) or the vegetarian choice (mushroom and haloumi burgers, really delicious). Our orders were taken efficiently, the food arrived quickly, and throughout the evening we were struck by the friendliness, helpfulness and enthusiasm of the bar and serving staff, all of whom gave the impression (not the case at a lot of other London restaurants we’ve been to) of actually enjoying their work, despite the fact that it was an extremely busy Friday evening. I’ve subsequently read other reviews of this restaurant, some of which complain about the price of the food. I can’t agree with that. We all thought the bill was pretty reasonable for a London restaurant - and in any case it’s not just the food and drink you’re paying for at Duke’s, it’s the atmosphere: nicely informal and relaxed, but still tightly run. Apart from the food, there’s the beer too - which is well worth travelling the extra mile for. In addition to some decent wine, we ordered two racks of ‘thirds’ so that we could sample a few of the many on offer, several of them produced by the Beavertown micro-brewery which is under the same ownership as the restaurant. Having decided on our individual favourites (Gamma Ray, Neck Oil and Shuffled Deck all going down particularly well) pints of the same promptly arrived and added to the general merriment. We’re a mixed bunch: ages ranging from 18 to 67, a mix of carnivores, veggies and’ fish veggies’, but we all came away equally happy with our choice of venue. We’ll definitely be going back to Duke’s again soon: lots more food and beer options still to explore!
Bye bye burgers – there’s a new American trend in town and boy, do I like it. Slowly gaining momentum since the opening of Pitt Cue back in early 2012 BBQ’ing, smoking and grilling has recently exploded onto the food scene thanks to new kids on the block The Rotary Bar & Diner, John Salt and Carbon. Duke’s Brew and Que however has been quietly serving up these deep-south delights for many months now and I finally got round to checking them out this week – I only wish I’d have gone sooner. Nestled down a rather unassuming road in nouveau-trendy but old-school grotty Haggerston, Duke’s (minus the aroma of sizzling meat that fills the air outside) seems like your typical east-end boozer. Once inside, the dining-room-come-bar is pleasantly full but not overcrowded and has a somewhat unpretentious vibe that is both welcoming and friendly. A quaint shabby-chic bar adorned with fairy lights is situated on the back wall and houses an impressive list of beers with several brewed on site. Forward thinking cocktails, predominantly mezcal and bourbon based are well executed and the menu even features my Milk & Honey favourite, a whisky ‘Penicillin’. No complaints thus far. Meat, meat and more meat is the name of the game when it comes to the food. Ribs over the past ten years, have undoubtedly acquired a bad rep – as a nation we’ve become all too familiar with the likes of TGI Friday’s and the Morrison’s hot-counter mass producing meatless racks of bones slathered in sickly-sweet, additive laced sauce. Duke’s however, with its seriously authentic and specially imported Oklahoma smoker is here to change all that. Being a hardened menu-Nazi, hating anyone ordering the same as me and wanting to try everything – I take full advantage of the large group I’m with and order pretty much one of everything on the minimal yet focused menu. Food arrives on traditional southern-style silver trays topped with greased paper and sides of slaw, pickled red-onion and hot dip arrive with each dish. The ribs were bone-suckingly good and a humongous Flintstone-esque beef rib tasted just as good as it looked, the tender meat flaked effortlessly from the bone and the buttery flesh with delicate ribbons of fat almost melted when it touched the tongue. Pork ribs were equally tender but had a slightly charred crust giving them more of a crunch – the spicy barbeque marinade gave them a welcome kiss of traditional southern flavour without being overpowering. A full rack of smoky baby back ribs coated with a sticky sauce had surprisingly generous amounts of meat on the miniature bones – and I devoured every last morsel, they were gorgeous. Sides of tangy chicken wings, smokey beans with nuggets of pork and chilli cheese fries provided the perfect accoutrements to our southern feast. The food was not faultless however, the burgers were OK but I’ve had better elsewhere, the patty was on the crumbly side and was slightly overcooked, the mac ‘n’ cheese was underwhelming dry and the chilli lacked heat – it seems Duke’s forte is certainly on the grill. This aside, our plates were cleared leaving nothing but stripped bones, sticky fingers and stained shirts – a triumph some may say. Although it’s easy to compare Duke’s to the legendary rib masters Pitt Cue in Soho it must be taken into consideration that you don’t have to stand in the cold for 2 hours for the pleasure of eating here, and the food is very nearly just as good. The service was impeccable and the prices reasonable enough (warning: few cocktails may change just how reasonable). I wouldn’t recommend taking a first date here, unless he/she doesn’t mind getting a bit dirty but if you’re with a big group of friends who like beer and like a BBQ I couldn’t think of a better place to while away a good few hours. Get stuck in.
A nice friendly attitude of the waiters was good but completely agree with one comment below that it is over-priced. 40 notes for two burgers and two beers is eye-popping. The food was nice but it was by far in the top list of burgers i would have in London (done medium when we asked for medium-rare also). I have had the ribs before here a previous time and they are actually fantastic but this restaurant is not value-for-money in anyway, especially when you consider the lower rental costs they must be paying for its out of the way location.
Having recently moved to the area I was keen to try this joint out. Casually strolling in at 9pm on a Tuesday I was told to wait at the bar for a table. I was surprised how busy such a local restaurant could be! The atmosphere is great, service is great and the food was great. The only downside is the price. We didn't think the bill would be £80 for a few burgers and a couple of pints. Due to this the joint falls out of the "cheap & cheerful " category and sits more comfortably in the " Posh-Pub " department. Nevertheless a great place.
I was highly excited about visiting Dukes Brew & Que after reading various reviews of this much hyped East London restaurant, the latest to jump on the BBQ cusine bandwagon. As a huge fan and regular visitor to Pitt Cue co, Bodeans, Chicago Rib Shack, and other established purveyors of fine rib and pork goodness, I arrived with justifiably high expectations, which only served to exacerbate how badly I was let down by the distinctly sub-par quality of the food we experienced at Dukes last night. For the relatively high pricing (e.g. £14.95 for one beef rib, with no sides except for a measly portion of very average slaw) you would expect premium quality, but alas, the beef rib was tough, gristly, and very underwhelming. We were told by the waiter that the beef rib typically weighs in around 500gms including bone, with around 250-300gms of meat, but in reality after removing the fat and gristle, there cant have been any more than 150-200 gms of edible beef. The pork ribs (circa £14 for two medium sized ribs, again served with just a tiny portion of slaw) were a bit better, but still miles off the standard delivered regularly by the aforementioned dining establishments. The pulled pork was the best of the lot we tried, but still far below expectations, and having cooked this regularly myself, I am well aware it is a dish that is actually quite hard to screw up, so Im not offering much credit for the fact it was relatively less disappointing as the ribs were. The house beer was definitely the high point of the night, but unfortunately nowhere near enough to entice me to traipse all the way out to Haggerston again for a return visit. Very disappointing dining experience. Save your time and money, and head for somewhere else.
Dukes has a lovely warm atmosphere, great drinks and beer menu but unfortunately the food was distinctly average. the restaurant has so much potential but it lacks in truly serving up southern bbq classics. I visited dukes last night and had the beef ribs. If these were smoked low and slow properly then the meat should have fallen from the bone, instead it was chewy and tough. all in all a disappointing visit and it has nothing on Pitted Que!
Really had a superb time here. We could barely finish our sides after the ribs, although somehow managed to find room for cheesecake and brownie. Beef ribs were tender and sticky and the pork just fell off the bone. Staff really very friendly and a truly insurmountable selection of drink between imports, craft beers, rums and tequilas. I can't seem spot a three star review on here (people seem to either love it or be disappointed) and there're a couple that say they got tough ribs - got speaking with the staff about this and it's clear they're very happy to replace if there's an issue. Highly recommended.
Finest ale in London! Fabulous beer bottles (love the Beavertown Brewery Gamma Ray APA). Stunning ribs. Purposeful and friendly service.
Outstanding restaurant, both in terms of atmosphere and food. The beef ribs were as big as my ankles - utterly succulent and cooked to perfection. I'd thoroughly recommend the scrumpy cider too.
This eve on my visit it was 3rd time in a row that I was told that the beef's ribs were not available. Come on..how can you run out of your best and popular dish on Monday dinner at 7.00pm with the restaurant half empty!!! This is really an issue!The guy at the door was vey efficient with very good manner, him is the one receiving my only star for you guys. After been seated on a table which we could use for only an hour, the most rudest waitress on earth just jumped on us asking for drinks (we still have our coats on..) and when I pointed that we weren't ready she just barked off that because we only have 50 minutes we have to hurry up!! twice...I can eat a 6 courses meal in 50 min..I am Italian..after that we left immediately and we would never never go back. Ciao.
I can't believe this place even comes anywhere near the top of the list! Went there in September on my birthday, spurred on by the TimeOut review of the ribs - what a mistake! We were served the toughest, 2-inch wide, old beef ribs that I eventually gave up tying to eat. I can only presume this was a cost saving exercises by the restaurant, serving elderly cattle ribs (tell by the size) rather than tender young beef ribs. I couldn't chew what I eventually managed to rip off the bone, appalling. I can only presume the reviewer was treated to the 'real deal', but I certainly wouldn't go back nor recommend the place! Service was good, nice surroundings and atmosphere, but not one of the three serving staff asked if we had enjoyed the meal, which speaks volumes as far as I'm concerned. Wanted to enjoy the place, failed miserably!
Just an awesome place. Great meat - beef ribs are INCREDIBLE. So much awesome beer and barstaff that really know their stuff and are willing to chat to you about it if you fancy. I think to truly appreciate this place you need to like beer and find microbrewery culture really fascinating. Nice decor, nice bathrooms (important!). Service from our waitress but a bit meh but I'm still giving it 5 stars because y'know, she was ok and the food, drinks, barstaff service and atmosphere were all superb. One of my favourites.
Massive beef ribs - and I mean ENORMOUS - but, sadly, hugely tasteless. Pork ribs, on the other hand, were fantastic. Sides were all fried, and meal felt somewhat unbalanced though we could have ordered better I suppose. Be prepared for A LOT of tattoo-ed trendies. With beards.
Great food and drinks. Beef ribs and pork sliders where seriously great. but service very rude which was disappointing. You know it's bad when you seriously consider asking them to deduct the service charge from the bill.
Just got back home from Dukes. Its a saturday night and i felt compelled to write just what a bad experience we had. The service was initially ok- however 2 of our cocktails were somewhat reminiscent of nail varnish remover so we sent them back. Big mistake. We were interrogated by 3 members of staff after these 2 cocktails were still on the bill- and it was only after further discussion that the drinks were finally removed. The food was average. Portions suitable for fred flintstone. Nothing to qrite home about. Wont be going up. The management have a lot to learn.
We really enjoyed our meal here. It's relaxed and friendly with super service and it's own micro brewery! We had a great meal and lots of fun. The food was excellent. It combines a BBQ southern american approach to the food with a range of local and brewed on the premises ales. We didn't have the ribs it is becoming famous for but a Pork Chop special and the classic burger. Both mains were excellent. The puddings were fab too. The waitress was lovely, knowledgeable and charming. She recommended ales and cocktails all of which were excellent. Yes it is busy but the noise levels are not too loud. We went as a couple and could here each others conversation.
Don't bother with the breakfast here, has potential, someone in the kitchen is clearly trying to save money by serving up stale muffins fake maple syrup and just generally cutting corners. This place is just for people who don't know any better but for me food quality comes first. Don't let the appearances fool you, probably fine for a drink and some bar snacks....
I'm not entirely sure why there are so many negative reviews about this place. Service was prompt (without being pushy), extremely well mannered and, when it came to the ales, knowledgeable. The ambience is lively without being loud. I opted for the beef ribs. One of them was a little fatty on top but, on the whole, they were marvellous. Tender, juicy and not cooked to the right level (I see some people complaining about them being undercooked - do they actually enjoy tasting meat?!) The sides were excellent - full marks the beans! Then there are the pork sliders. Utter perfection. Do not miss out on these little badboys! A great selection of ales, both from the US and the UK, which are stored at the right temperature and reasonably priced. Definitely recommended.
Rudest front-of-house - genuinely not sure what this place thinks it is? We walked in on a Sunday, and even though the place was half-empty we were told we couldn't get a seat as they had a backlog in the kitchen and reservations. We spotted some friends at a table and decided to walk over to say hello, when the front-of-house chick marched us out of there, telling us very clearly there was no space for us. Never again.
Went to Duke's on Sunday with my girlfriend ordered Ribs and steak. Food took more then 3mins to arrive and the Ribs turned out to be very chewy and the steak was suppose to be a sirloin but ended up being more chewier then a normal sirloin. We had been there previously and had our food burnt but we thought to give them a second chance but we were sorely disappointed. Service was terrible when went to the toilet, the waitress without asking if I was finished just took away my plate, when complained to the manager his attitude was very poor and wouldn't listen to us. He offered no compensation for the dis service. Avoid at all costs.
What a rip off.Ate there and was served...5 skinny ribs.. a meal ?....come on guys was the hog anorexic ?. If you wont nibble and go there, this is for you...but.... If you want to eat....pass this rip off joint ...walk on by.....You WILL get better value and service at the local greasy spoon and come away with change in your pocket and... also not insulted by the oh so precious staff supposedly serving you. You pay the price, you make the choice ! p.s.... Has Granny left you a nice pile...coz..... if not don't order bottled water...just a tip.
Meh. That's all really, just a meh. Not bad, far from great. First disappointment was not having the "que" on during the day although, that was my fault for not checking first but to be fair, I just presumed that a place called Brew & Que would always have both of those elements. The breakfast was tasty though. Then there was our waiter who seemed utterly desperate for us to order. 3 times he approached our table asking us if we were ready to order and 3 times we told him we were still waiting for one of our friends to arrive. "The kitchen closes at 3.30" we were told, it was only 2.30, weird. When she did arrive, she was barely allowed to take her seat when he was back at our table demanding our order, talk about feeling rushed! After we'd all eaten, we were all sitting chatting, having a few drinks when we were told our table was reserved for half an hours time, fair enough, could we move to another table, we asked, no, they're pretty much all reserved we were told. Now, I don't have an issue with tables being reserved, but we should have been told this when we sat down or they should have tried to find us another table. It felt like they didn't care whether we stayed or left, they're the new cool kids on the block and they're going to be busy, customer service not required. Overall, I felt this place was a little too cool for school, all style and little substance. Shame, cos I'd really been looking forward to going and I had been the one to suggest it to all my friends so I left feeling very disappointed in the experience as a whole.
I was happy to see a new bbq joint in London as it is one area that is highly lacking. We tried everything as a menu and have to say the best part was the beans. The meat was very tough and gristly with not much flavour. Seems like something was lacking in the rub. It maybe the fact that we have spent time in Lockhart tasting some of the best bbq that we might be expecting to much. Maybe with time it will get better but allot of work will be needed for us to go back.
Went on a Tuesday night with 3 friends. We all ordered Ribs and one had a steak; of the 4 plates that arrived, one dish was cold and another was overdone. We asked for some English mustard and they brought an empty bottle. The manager's explanation was "they just don't care tonight" - referring to the kitchen. Whilst his honesty was refreshing, he failed to offer any compensation. Wouldn't go back because if you are only going to offer 5 or 6 dishes and you're 'known' for your Ribs then they should be great and ours were not...
nice vibe, average food my ribs were so tough and dry it was hard to chew. flavor was nice. The portion was on the smaller side considering how much they are charging. Pitt Cue is still & definitely the winner in London town.
Food was good, but the service shocking, waited 15 mins for our drinks order before asking another waiter for it, finally managed to order (Sunday Brunch- BBQ omelette very good) then again had to ask twice for the bill before giving up and standing at the till point to pay.
Very good food. The staff it was efficient and attentive. I will def go back for more beef's ribs!! Thank you.
Check out the beef ribs & trust the menu's suggestion of not smothering the meat in sauce- although you have to try a little! Brunch, dinner & drinks are great here: Check out the Beavertown 8ball- needs to be tasted to be believed! Don't tell too many people tho- it's hard enough to get a table..
Tried this for the first time last night and found it fantastic. I had the sliders, which were very good, but also was gifted a surplus pork rib from a friend, which was even better. The sides are also great (we had chips, spinach and okra: the okra was particularly tasty). Also really enjoyed the home brew. Unfortunately not on tap on the night we were there, but had a bottle of the Beavertown 8ball and it was delicious. I barely noticed the decor (other than a pram with moustachio'd baby, which I rather liked) - but the feel of the room was a nice mixture of bright and cosy even on a rather dank May evening. The service was excellent too: fast but friendly and attentive. However, we ate at 6.30pm on a Wednesday (they were fully booked at more normal times), so I can't speak for weekends and evenings. Will definitely be back.
Pickles and okra fritters:not a single pickle on sight in that dish. They replaced our order but without sauce, not much flavour.My burger was rare yet dry with a heavily meaty aftertaste. Pork ribs were too fatty and not cooked enough. Generally rather bland food, incl their sauces. Good coctails
The beer is really great, the staff friendly and there's a good atmosphere. The food is fine, not mind-blowing but tasty, I went for the pulled pork sliders and chips and my friend had the burger. The sliders were a little on the cold side, and didn't pack much flavour, I would have liked some more spice coming through and the fried gherkin - which should be the highlight - was lost. My friend felt that the burger didn't match Meatliquor. The big problem came at the end of the meal, we'd booked an early friday reservation, and just as we were finishing off our food... we weren't being leisurely, our bill arrived... Not sure what they would have done if we had wanted dessert. Just as we finished our food... we still had drinks to finish we were asked to pay and move to the bar. This was fine, only as we waited at the bar, which is rather small, we saw that no one else was seated at our table. My friend placed her half full glass of cider on the bar for just one moment, and as she turned back to her drink we found that it had vanished... clearly thrown away. We felt so let down and deflated that we just left. It's certainly not as good as it could be.
Great food, wonderful service and awesome beers. The only star I take away is for slightly cold ribs, but I still ate em with vigour. Will be even better when they have their full range of their own beers too, the Rye IPA I am sure will be amazing.
Just...Wow. Great beers on offer and the food was superb. Beautifully smoked beef ribs that put Bodeans to shame (and I love Bodeans). Service was friendly and relaxed. Decor worked perfectly, themed well giving an authentic atmosphere without passing over into tacky, all accompanied with a good choice of background music. Looking forward to returning.
Great beers. Haven't tried food yet but prices are very high considering they've only just opened. Significantly higher than Pitt Cue Co and I cannot imagine the quality of the food will be close to theirs yet. Would have appreciated lower prices whilst their perfecting the menu.
Loved the beers on offer and thought the service was great too, plenty of charm. Not the place for a quiet meal but great for a get together. Wouldn't nock the food either, the Mini Macs get my vote
Impressed by the gir running the dinning room. I ordered a burger yet when the ribs came out I realised my mistake. To my suprise she brought out a big rib for me. Ditch the burgers guys, your ribs are brilliant and service a lesson to others. Downs: Decor a bit by the hipster pub/bar numbers and their brewery some way off the standard of fair selection of craft beers they serve. Well worth a visit.
Great food and home brew, however, attention needs to be paid to service and making sure the place is not over crowded. I took my BF on Sunday and our meal was spoilt within 2 minutes of getting in the door by the waitress who told us that the table was on a one hour return... something that should have been said at the time of booking. Overall, the ribs are to die for but the service is very "Dalston"....
Visited the Dukes' for brunch on a busy Saturday. I had the american style blueberry pancakes, which were awful-somehow undercooked and yet burnt at the same time. I doubt this was due to a barbeque process....My boyf wants to check out all the beers though, as they look good.
The beer rates 4 stars the food two so overall a 3 . Once the kitchen settles down and finds some consistency its rating will surely rise.
Absolutely fantastic pub that reminded me of home, as an American it's nice to find a place with some authenticity. The food was mouth watering, succulent and beautifully smoked meats that were accompanied by homemade pickles and smoked que beans. It was all well complimented by the ales (my husband tells me!).
Great as a pub, and a lovely atmosphere but the food has a lot of work ahead before its a 4 star. BBQ wise behind even bodeans right now.